Samsung detailed several new tricks that you can perform, which also helps to explain why you’re only now getting the latest version of Android after its debut several months ago (Samsung is also rolling out a Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6).
First up is a side order of extra content, as Samsung expanded the size of the slide-out panel so you can check stocks, sports scores, or other happenings.
The contacts now include names below the image, which could help you out if you’re having one of those days where you can’t quite remember whose name that smiling face belongs to.
Also, the edge panel now holds double the number of apps and tasks. You can also specify shortcuts like adding an alarm or texting a particular contact, which can make this a useful hub for things you do throughout the day.
If you use your phone as a flashlight, compass, or a ruler (it’s way more useful than you might think) then the Edge panel is even more helpful, with a much wider display at 550 pixels.
The impact on you: Samsung says the Marshmallow rollout starts today, though it of course is going to vary by carrier and region. So if you have an S6 Edge or Edge+, you’ll finally get the new features of Marshmallow along with all of these enhancements. Expect to hear more about these when Samsung shows off the Galaxy S7 line at Mobile World Congress in just a few days.